Health Risks – Alcohol

After I experienced a devastating stroke leaving me paralysed I underwent many  tests and even more doctors examinations. something that struck me was the first question they asked at each examination was, “How much do you drink and smoke?”

When I assured them I didn’t drink or smoke, they said I had an excellent chance of living longer.

One study quantified the cost to the UK of all forms of alcohol misuse in 2001 as £18.5–20 billion. All economic health costs in the United States in 2006 have been estimated at $223.5 billion.[173]

Many people suffering from anxiety and depression drink intentionally to reduce stress and improve mood (23, 24). This may work for a few hours, but will worsen overall mental health and lead to a vicious cycle.

Alcohol consumption is a risk factor for cancers of the mouth, throat, colon, breast, and liver

Even light alcohol consumption, of 1 drink per day, is linked to a 20% increased risk of mouth and throat cancer (59, 60).

The risk increases with the daily amount consumed. More than 4 drinks daily appear to cause a five-fold increase in the risk of mouth and throat cancer, and also increase the risk of breast, colon and liver cancer (58, 59, 61, 62).

What Happens To Your Body When You Give Up Alcohol

The physical and mental changes that take place after you’ve ditched the booze. Did you ever stop to think those happy hours were actually making you less happy? Easing off alcohol—for even just one month—has been found to make influential changes in people’s health. Not only can you can make serious progress toward increasing your chances of losing weight, but you can also lower your cancer risk, boost your heart health, and even have better sex.

If, like many millions of Americans, you drink alcoholic beverages frequently, you might be interested to know how your body may change if you cut out beer, wine and liquor for a while.Whether it’s for a day, a week, or even a month, it can make a difference. Check ’em out now and revisit them when you need to strengthen your willpower. 

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